FPL crews work to restore power in South Florida

Thousands without power in Broward, Miami-Dade Counties

MIAMI - Florida Power & Light and out-of-state crews were working to restore power to thousands of customers in South Florida after Tropical Storm Isaac turned off the lights.

The sound of a running generator is not was Jeanina Bandrymer expected to hear Monday morning after the storm.

"This is ridiculous," said Bandrymer, who lives in Biscayne Park.

Bandrymer said her power had been out since 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

"And before that it went out and flickering constantly," said Bandrymer.

An extension cord ran through the house from the generator to her husband's electric bed. Bandrymer's husband is disabled.

The good news was that a power crew from Kentucky was working to restore electricity down the street. The problem was that tree branches were forcing them to arc and pop the breaker. More than 6,000 electric utility workers have descended on staging areas in Dania Beach and in Miami to help with the power problems.

In Lincoln Park Plaza in Davie, about 10 business were without power, including The Cage Bar & Grill.

"It's hurting us. We've been down since 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. We were down Friday for the same reason with the same pole problem and we've been down all day today," said an employee.

As of midnight Wednesday, all power had been restored to customers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

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